Nigeria will take on Colombia in the semi-finals of the U17 Women’s World Cup at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Margao on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, Abbeylivenetwork.com reports.
The Flamingos under head coach Bankole Olowookere reached the last four after eliminating favourites USA 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in normal and added time at D Y Patil Sports Stadium on Friday.
Nigeria’s journey in the competition started with a 2-1 Group B defeat against Germany before they recovered to defeat New Zealand 4-0 and Chile 2-1 to storm the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, Colombia started their campaign with a 1-0 defeat against Spain, recovered to beat China 2-0 and Mexico 2-1 for a place in the quarters. In the last eight, they came up against Tanzania whom they thrashed 3-0 to reach the semis.
Head to head
Nigeria have bossed Colombia around at this level, maintaining a hundred per cent win record against the South Americans, with two wins out of two.
The two teams met for the first time at Azerbaijan 2012, where the Flamingos ran out 3-0 winners.
In their second meeting at Costa Rica 2014, Nigeria edged a closely fought encounter, beating the Colombians 2-1 to qualify for the quarters.
The Flamingos made three quarterfinals appearances before India 2022, while Colombia never made it past the group stage.
This is the first time both countries will play in the semifinals of the World Cup.
Competition: FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup
Match: Nigeria vs. Colombia
Venue: Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Margao, Goa.
Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Kickoff time: 12 noon (Nigerian time)
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